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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 12, 2012 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: so true...

For their legacy, they were lucky . But there were cracks behind the facade since 68 . Anyone who has seen the "Get Back" footage, can see a band that is not happy with itself . Abbey Road, as wonderful as an album as it is, is a great cover up for the fact that there are problems . John Lennon, gives up one great full song, and that is a sort of riff off of Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me". Paul gives us, the wonderful "You Never Give Me your Money", but the album is mostly carried by 2 of George's best songs, and the brilliant collage, put together by Paul, from scraps of songs , that fills out side 2 . The "Let it Be" album , is a save job by Phil Spector, of the best from the "Get Back" sessions .“He was given the shittiest load of badly-recorded shit with a lousy feeling to it ever, and he made something of it.” - John . Of course, having one of Paul's best songs on it helped . Of course the worst Beatles record is so beyond what most artists can come up with in their whole life ! But on a whole they did quit at the right time .
Also the melt down from the 60's through the mid 70's , where most of the greats seem to have lost that "greatness" ("Exile on Main St."> "Goat's Head Soup"; "Quadrophenia">"Who by Numbers" etc.), or died , escaped them, except in their solo records , where you see the same pattern ("Imagine">"Sometime In NY City") with the exception of Paul, who actually got better (for a short time) in the mid 70's ("Band on the Run", "Venus and Mars").
From just a song writing, album oriented point of view, the Dead, by most people's (non Deadhead) perspective jumped the shark with "Wake of The Flood" . Yes I like the post Europe albums, but I think we are biased by the great live versions of the individual songs . I think as a live Band, their peak continued , to some extent till at least 77 . And I think they had more to offer than most of their 60's fellows, for a lot longer that most .